Re: Clearwater red light cameras
Red light cameras work, but at a cost
Red light cameras are sold to municipalities with the selling points of 1. To help save lives (this is good) 2. To create monies to help make up for the taxes that have decreased.
Truth be told, even though they can show with statistics that the cameras help prevent the most devastating accidents such as T-bone crashes, they are also finding out that drivers are paying particular attention to the traffic lights that have cameras, and they are not writing enough tickets to afford the costs incurred for the red light cameras. Therefore, nationally, several municipalities are turning off cameras because of reason 2 (lack of money).
If we really want to cut down on accidents and severe injury at red lights and save money, why not add one second to each yellow and make a 3-second full red light in all directions?
Mike Turner, Seminole
Re: A better beach commute? story, June 27
Going into debt to save a little time
Every driver would like a smoother, quicker drive down Court Street to Clearwater Beach. I have a major problem with spending $1.6 million for a marginal 5 to 8 percent time saving that is not available during rush hours.
We are lectured daily that everything from Social Security and Medicare to local services are broke. Likewise, we now know the United States borrows 40 cents of every dollar spent. Do we need to give the Chinese another $640,000 in debt for a 5 to 8 percent time savings in Clearwater?
You can safely assume there are similar enhancements in thousands of municipalities. Maybe we ought to look at our priorities and maybe we even have found one small place to make a sound fiscal decision.
Richard W. Cope, Clearwater Beach
Re: Sea life joins skyline, story, July 22
Harvey's mural errs on gulf life
I am glad to see a Guy Harvey mural will be erected in Clearwater Beach, but disappointed that an opportunity was missed. While the mural reflects Clearwater's skyline, it unfortunately does not reflect local fish fauna, as three of the species depicted do not occur in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Harvey and the Clearwater Public Art and Design Board missed an opportunity to showcase local species and highlight the diversity of fishes in the Gulf of Mexico.
This area is full of marine biologists and ichthyologists, and home to its own local aquarium. Hopefully, the next time we celebrate our shores in art, someone will make a contact and verify we are depicting our backyard natural resources.
Stephania K. Bolden, Dunedin
Re: Fake grass a real dilemma | story, July 23
Fake grass should not worry the city
Why is the City of Clearwater fighting with my neighbor, Carol Korotkow, over her lawn? The synthetic ground cover encompasses less than a quarter of the yard. The rest is well maintained living ground cover.
If she called it a "putting green," I wonder if it would fall into the same category as other recreation facilities the city constructs?
It seems to me that the mayor and City Council should have more to worry about than poop on synthetic grass. Pick your battles, Clearwater. Instead of fining Ms. Korotkow $100 a day, how about going after the Church of Scientology, which owes us more than $400,000 in fines?
Why is it the city goes after the little guy who pays taxes? Did we forget about the owner of the bait shop on N Fort Harrison Avenue who had the mural of fish on the side of his building? The city bullied him also but now is allowing a fish mural to be constructed on Clearwater Beach and calling it art. My point is, the city needs to treat all as equal.
Joseph J. TenBieg, Clearwater
Re: Internet sweepstakes fans step up | story, July 27
Better to regulate, tax Internet cafes
Hillsborough County seems like the only sensible county around. As no violation of law by the Internet sweepstakes cafes has yet been determined, Hillsborough is allowing them to remain in operation and is looking into regulating them, perhaps creating revenue for their strapped budgets.
Meanwhile, Pinellas and Pasco chose to shut down thriving businesses and to rid them of the bad clientele that frequented the cafes: retirees. What's next, the bingo parlors?
Jack Burlakos, Kenneth City
Dunedin delivers a special evening
On June 16, we and several special and supportive friends and family attended the Dunedin City Commission meeting recognizing our son, Ryan Davidson, U.S. Navy corpsman (medic) for his recent service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
In addition to this very special evening, the city of Dunedin displayed Ryan's name on the downtown banner that honors all of our brave men and women who serve in harm's way. Ryan is a Dunedin High School graduate and was a member of the ROTC program that prepared him well for his military career.
Words cannot express our appreciation to Mayor Dave Eggers, Commissioners Ron Barnette, Julie Bujalski, Dave Carson and Julie Scales, and all of the dedicated city staff who made this very special evening possible. To say this was a most sincere and heartfelt event would be an understatement.
When you learn firsthand of the heroism, sacrifices and sadness that occur daily with our men and women in combat, you have a more sincere appreciation of our military, who continue to fight a cowardly and faceless enemy who have no respect for human life or decency.
The city of Dunedin not only honored Ryan, but all of our brave men and women who proudly and courageously serve. During this recognition, we were shocked when Ryan was presented a most generous gift certificate to the Bon Appetit restaurant in Dunedin. You can bet we will be supporting the restaurant and recommending them to all.
We would also like to express our appreciation to Commander Dutch Grubbs, Veterans of Foreign Wars post 2550, Dunedin. Commander Grubbs made some kind and gracious comments to Ryan and us. He invited all of us to his post that evening. We couldn't make it that night, however we will visit him and his mates soon.
Dunedin is, I believe, the first municipality to build and display a Purple Heart memorial. I would suggest that if your community does not have any type of recognition for your returning service members, please encourage them to do so.
Tom Colbert and Deb Davidson, Dunedin